This conference will be an opportunity to consider:
- The Environment Agency’s National Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management (FCERM) strategy for England, due early next year following its consultation on the draft strategy;
- Defra’s 25 Year Environmental Plan and the Draft Environment Bill - setting out government priorities including how to reduce the risk from flooding and coastal erosion; and
- The ongoing delivery of the flood and coastal erosion risk management investment programme by the Environment Agency, with £2.6bn being invested from 2015 to 2021.
There will be keynote contributions from Matt Crossman, Head of Resilience Study, National Infrastructure Commission; Mark Hoban, Chair, Flood Re and Laura Hughes, Manager, General Insurance, Association of British Insurers;.
Further confirmed speakers include: Fay Bull, Regional Director - Water, AECOM; Jo Harrison, Asset Management Director, United Utilities; Heather Shepherd, Head of Engagement & Technical Support, National Flood Forum and Innes Thomson, Chief Executive, Association of Drainage Authorities.
Baroness McIntosh of Pickering, Co-Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Water Group and Member, House of Lords EU Energy and Environment Sub-Committee has kindly agreed to chair part of this seminar.
- Implementing the National Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management Strategy for England;
- Future-proofing critical infrastructure - the National Infrastructure Commission’s Resilience Study;
- Delivering the FCERM strategy for England - flood resilience infrastructure, land use, natural flood management, and community engagement;
- Update on Flood Re - encouraging a ‘build back better’ approach, supporting resilience measures, and next steps following the five yearly (Quinquennial) review;
- The future of land use management in flood risk areas - developing farmland flood resistance, planning sustainable developments, and future-proofing new housing developments; and
- Next steps for flooding resilience policy.